JPD, DEA hosting annual Drug Takeback Day Saturday
by Ron Harris
Apr 25, 2014 | 1659 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper Police Department and local agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Residents wishing to dispose of prescription narcotics that have expired or they no longer need can drop them off at the Jasper Police Department.

The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

Heath Allred, who is assigned to a DEA task force, said the event has been held for the past several years nationwide, and for the last couple of years locally.

“This gives people the opportunity to bring us any prescription or over-the-counter medications to dispose of. There’s no questions asked, and you don’t have to show an ID or explain where the medication came from,” Allred said.

The medication will be secured and later incinerated, he said.

“Prescription pills are, of course, dangerous in many ways, and we just want to help people dispose of them if they aren’t needed,” Allred said.

Many of the medications will come from people who have lost loved ones recently and don’t know what to do with leftover medications.

The problem with having those drugs lying around is that they could fall into the wrong hands.

“Everything from a child getting into them by accident, to someone breaking into your home knowing that they are there,” Allred said. “Prescription drug abuse, if it’s not the No. 1 drug problem, is certainly right there at the top of all problems with drug abuse.”

Similar events are being held across the nation on Saturday, including events in Birmingham, Pelham, Montgomery and Auburn.

The event is fully supported by the Alabama Pharmacy Association.

“APA wants to stress the importance of keeping you and your family members safe by disposing of expired, or unused medications,” said APA Executive Director Louise Jones.